Since being opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May, the Forum, the £48m investment at the University of Exeter, has seen high profile organisations and associations capitalising on its state-of the-art facilities.

During the Forum’s first five months of operation, individual spaces within the venue have lent themselves to a variety of events. Business from associations and membership bodies has included events from the National Union of Students (NUS), with its three-day residential conference for 600 delegates, along with a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) conference for 350 delegates, both held over the summer.

Financial claims management company EMCAS has also held a number of events with the Forum since opening its Exeter based office in June, ranging from one day conferences to evening events. Most recently, the prestigious national Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) annual conference was held in September, having been previously hosted in York for a number of years. Over 700 delegates from CAB offices across the UK convened at the three-day event, where networking and sharing best practices were top of the conference agenda. 12 months of planning by Event Exeter came to fruition as the team at the Forum showed off the facility to CAB delegates consisting of MPs’ advice agencies, councillors, local authority officers, education networks, consumer protection bodies, welfare organisations, campaigners and volunteering specialists.

The Forum is increasingly becoming a key destination for South West events, with other notable conference and event wins including: The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ two-day conference, TV’s talent pool of future creativity, The National Student Television Awards, for 500 attendees and The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) in April 2013 for 400 guests.

Craig Bernhardt, CEO of EMCAS, comments, “We wanted to create a launch event that had real impact among EMCAS staff and our stakeholders, one that allowed us to communicate the inspiration behind our new brand and how it represented  our continued commitment to righting the wrongs of financial mis-selling.

“The Forum’s setting and atmosphere helped us achieve just this, with the Event Exeter team bringing everything together as planned.  Not only was the main Auditorium presentation a great success but the Forum’s extensive facilities also allowed us to deliver staff workshops which focused on ways they could use the new brand in their role  while reinforcing EMCAS’ aims, ethos and mission.”

Sarah Snow, Assistant Director Campus Services (Sales & Events), University of Exeter, commented, “We are seeing huge demand from the association market due to our location, cost effective pricing and, most importantly, our state-of the-art facilities. Delegates are now learning in very different ways to the traditional PowerPoint presentation, and we are delighted to be able to support this via our technology labs which feature multi-touch surface tables. With the quality and quantity of events the Forum is attracting, it is definitely playing a huge role in putting Exeter on the map as an emerging conference destination.”

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